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President Bush, First Lady to Visit Africa Next Month


The White House says President Bush and his wife, first lady Laura Bush, will travel to Africa next month.

The trip - from February 15-21 - will take them to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia.

The White House says the president will meet with the leaders of those countries to discuss how the United States can support continued democratic reform, respect for human rights and economic opportunity across the continent.

Mr. Bush last visited Africa in 2003. The White House says that on this visit, he will review progress made in U.S.-assisted efforts to increase economic development and fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and other treatable diseases.

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